International Programs

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From December 2-6, 2013, NCSL hosted a delegation from the Qatar Central Municipal Council funded by the US Department of State's Middle East Partnership Initiative focused on constituent service, outreach and engagement. Throughout the week the delegation attended the NCSL Fall Forum, attended public hearings, met with many state legislators, including Senator Richard Madaleno (Maryland) and Representative Jay Kaufmann (Massachusetts) and with DC Mayor Vincent C. Gray.




From October 21-25, 2013, the International Programs Department in support of Development Alternative Inc. (DAI), USAID's Parliamentary Strengthening Program for Haiti coordinated a study tour for 9 senior and middle management personnel from Haiti’s upper Parliamentary chamber to the Qu├ębec National Assembly. The program focused on effective parliamentary procedures.



From October 28 - November 1, 2013, the International Programs Department put on a technical assistance workshop in partnership with the National Assembly of the Republic of Mozambique. The program, funded by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, focused on human resources, training and ethics within the Legislature. Natalie Mullis, Chief Economist from the Colorado General Assembly provided extensive insights into training programs within the legislature.


The International Relations Task Force finds ways for state legislatures to better coordinate international activities and approaches to policy, and seeks resources from the US government, foreign governments or foundations to help support extended international cooperation between legislators, legislative staff and their counterparts in national/sub-national governments.




The International Programs department of NCSL acts as a liaison between U.S. state legislatures and their counterparts internationally, including international and regional organizations, foreign embassies, parliaments and legislatures (both national and regional), as well as domestic organizations with international interests. NCSL’s International Programs department conducts research, holds public policy conferences and forums, develops technical assistance projects and exchange programs as well as fellowships. The department also assists state legislators and staff in identifying major international issues with local or regional implications.

NCSL's International Programs department:

  • Develops professional exchange programs between U.S. legislators, legislative staff, and their international legislative counterpart.;
  • Identifies NCSL's unique resources and formulates assistance to foreign legislatures through technical assistance projects, study tours, needs assessments, workshops, internships and/or seminars.
  • Hosts official international delegations and familiarizes them with NCSL and state legislatures.
  • Determines the extent of current international activities in state legislatures and provides assistance to those attempting to establish international programs.
  • Encourages informational networking with other organizations that have similar interests.
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